Toronto Theatre Reviews

Reviews of productions based in Toronto – theatre includes traditional definitions of theatre, as well as dance, opera, comedy, performance art, spoken word performances, and more. Productions may be in-person, or remote productions streamed online on the Internet.

Pobby and Dingan – Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People

by Kathy Morgan

I will be the first to admit that I was feeling a little jaded, and perhaps a little patronizing, as I headed into Pobby and Dingan at Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People (LKTYP).  The show is aimed at 9-16 year olds and titled after a little girl’s two imaginary friends, but the show won me over.  For the sake of journalistic integrity, I’ll admit that my cheeks were a little damp by the final curtain.

Continue reading Pobby and Dingan – Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People

Hardsell – Rick Miller at The Canadian Stage Company

By Megan Mooney

Rick Miller Hardsell

Rick Miller and Daniel Brooks are behind what is arguably my favourite theatre piece of all time – Bigger Than Jesus. So, as you can imagine, I was all a tingle when I saw that there was another collaboration between these two in the Canadian Stage Company 08/09 season – HARDSELL.

So, was my excitement warranted? Well, to quote Rick Miller, playing Arnie, playing Rick – “It’s not what I expected”.

Continue reading Hardsell – Rick Miller at The Canadian Stage Company

0% Down, 100% Screwed

by Dana Lacey

The Second City’s “0% Down, 100% Screwed” opens with a chain gang of ex-Bay Streeters chipping imaginary bricks with imaginary picks. They sing under the watch of a shotgun-slinging guard, blaming their woes on the ultimate scapegoat: The Crisis. Ya know, The Crisis, the recession, the mediocre depression…whatever you want to call that vague and terrifying event the media keeps promising will steal our jobs and homes. It sets the tone for the rest of the evening, which is a mash-up of short scenes about politics, economics and that guy who always asks to see your gas bill (tip: he doesn’t work for your gas company.)
Continue reading 0% Down, 100% Screwed